Advisory Board

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John Carreon Organizational development 

John M. Carreon is Vice President of Philanthropic Services at Thomas P. Miller and Associates in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, John is a faculty member in the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Fund Raising School. 

“On March 28, 1998, my wife Kelley and I began a journey that forever changed us. On that day, our middle daughter Celina was born at 24 weeks. Today, Celina is a beautiful seventeen-year-old girl with physical and intellectual challenges that have redefined how we approach life and love. Love is not defined by our ability to talk or walk, or our intellectual abilities. It’s defined by an unconditional acceptance and compassion for each other because of our value as human beings. Having the opportunity to be a small part of Graham’s Foundation through the Advisory Board is a way for me to give back to all those individuals, doctors, and NICU nurses that have been so important in our journey.”

Jeffrey Conrad

Jeffrey Conrad Organizational development

Jeffrey Conrad was most recently the President of American Greeting Properties (AGP) and an all-around (in general) nice guy. At AG, he oversaw all creative and business operations for the company. AGP is best known for the hit brands Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake and their new exciting slate of programming, apps and consumer products. He is more than happily married to his wife Keri who have a preemie baby named Parker Mae.

“My wife and I were surprised to know our daughter Parker Mae was on the fast track to the planet. She was so tiny, so cute, and so very needy! Needless to say, supporting a foundation that cares so deeply about preemie babies and their parents was easy for us to understand and support!”

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Michael Eidsaune Organizational development

Mike Eidsaune is the CEO and Co-Founder Care Monster, Inc. In addition to founding the company, he has been the key driver of all the company’s success to date and responsible for all daily operations of the business including sales, marketing, business development and strategy. He has also been responsible for Care Monster’s acceptance into Aging2.0 Academy, SXSW Impact Pediatric Pitch, AARP “Design for All” Award, Innov8 for Healthcare Challenge Award Winner. As Care Monster continues to grow, Mike will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Care Monster mission and vision and making sure the company continues to achieve all of its internal milestones and phases.

Mike, his wife and two sons live in Dayton, Ohio. While not immersed in the growth and development of Care Monster, Mike enjoys spending time with his boys and wife, snowboarding in the winter and doing Crossfit year-round.

Dr. Linda S. Franck

Dr. Linda S. Franck Medical

Dr. Linda S. Franck has over 25 years of experience in leading interdisciplinary teams to conduct clinical research to improve the quality and safety of hospital care for children, and has over 160 peer-reviewed publications on related topics. She has particular expertise regarding the patient and family experience of health care and has pioneered interventions to engage parents and children as partners in pain management and in research to improve quality of care and quality of life. Dr. Franck received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco and her master’s degree and PhD in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She rejoined the UCSF faculty in 2010 after a decade at the University College London, Institute of Child Health where she was the first Chair of Children’s Nursing Research in the UK. Dr. Franck holds the Jack and Elaine Koehn Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing and serves as Department Chair for Family Health Care Nursing at the UCSF School of Nursing.

“Graham’s Foundation provides crucial support and empowerment that mean so much to families who have a baby in the NICU. It is a privilege to be a part of such a vibrant and dedicated community who are making such a positive impact.”

Kelley Benham French

Kelley Benham French Preemie parent

Kelley Benham French is a writer and editor for the Tampa Bay Times and mom to Juniper, who was born at 23 weeks. Kelley and her husband, the journalist Thomas French, are both nationally acclaimed writers, but the story of their lives turned out to be the very personal count of their daughter’s creation in a petri dish and her salvation in a neonatal intensive care unit.

Born at 1 pound, 4 ounces, Juniper spent 196 days at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. at a cost of $1.2 million. She underwent 20 blood transfusions and was diagnosed, at various times, with 40 different conditions. At age 2, Juniper is developmentally on track and takes no medications. She enjoys balloons, ponies and Springsteen. Kelley’s newspaper series about Juniper and about the science and ethics of extreme medical intervention was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Kelley and Tom are writing a book together for Little, Brown, to be published in 2015.

Dr. Vineeta Gupta

Dr. Vineeta Gupta Preemie parent

Vineeta is a Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) advocate and believes in collaborative global action. She is Technical Director of Global Women’s Health for The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. Prior to joining ACOG, she worked both independently as a non-profit consultant and with high-profile non-profit organizations such as the Global AIDS Alliance, Global Campaign on Microbicide at PATH, and Global Fund For Children; founded the Stop HIV/AIDS in India Initiative (SHAII); Vineeta’s career has flourished at the intersection between healthcare and human rights, with a focus on women’s healthcare and empowerment for girls. Her background includes medicine, human rights law, fundraising, grant-making, international work experience, multi-stakeholder engagement, and global collaboration building.

“Micro-preemie… the real significance of the word hit me when my daughter was born. People assumed I was well equipped to handle the situation after being an obstetrician for over 15 years. But being a doctor made extreme prematurity more frightening in some ways. A mother’s emotions and fears take precedence over professional logic that one can usually rely on when caring for patients. Graham’s Foundation’s ‘Hope, Resilience, & Miracles’ message was the mantra that got me through. I finally felt completely supported and understood what I was going through when I connected with the staff.”

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Dr. Lisa Judge Medical

Dr. Judge graduated from medical school at the University of Iowa. She completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Michigan.  Since 2001 Dr. Judge has been an attending neonatologist at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Andy Male Preemie, Organizational development 

Andy is an adult preemie and the publisher of Go Preemies!, an inspirational children’s book for NICUs and families of premature children.  Born at 27 weeks in 1977, Andy was cared for by the NICU professionals at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, where he and his family continue to be involved as a study participants, volunteers and donors.  Andy is a graduate of Northwestern, Harvard and Case Western universities and has had a professional career in strategy consulting and investment banking.  Andy lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife Maggie and his children, Max and Madeleine.


 Dr. Eric Mallow

Dr. Eric Mallow, MD, MPH Medical

Dr. Mallow is a neonatologist with a particular interest in medical device safety and the NICU environment. He trained in neonatology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and was in clinical practice for 14 years. In 2011, he received an MPH degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a focus on health policy and risk assessment. His efforts since have been concentrated on the potential role of synthetic materials on neonatal health. Dr. Mallow recently published a detailed analysis of the exposure of preterm infants to phthalates from medical products such as IV bags and tubing, blood product bags, endotracheal tubes, and catheters.​


 Barry Mangum

Barry Mangum, PharmD, FCP Medical

As Founder and CEO, Dr. Mangum is responsible for vision. But, it’s bigger than just a corporate initiative. It’s a vision of profound and meaningful change in global pediatric clinical research. That’s what Paidion is all about, being a catalyst for change in an old paradigm and laying the groundwork for important new development programs of safe and effective medicines for children. Responsible for partnering with clients to implement clinical trials for all phases of pediatric drug development, Dr. Mangum brings decades of pediatric clinical research expertise to Paidion. His extensive academic experience includes serving as faculty and researcher in pediatrics and clinical pharmacology/pharmacotherapy at Duke’s and UNC’s medical schools. His corporate experience includes serving as Director of Neonatal/Pediatric Pharmacotherapy for Wake AHEC (Area Health Education Center) and Senior Director of Pediatric Clinical Development Services at Quintiles. He has numerous publications, presentations and memberships, including co-authorship of NeoFax: A Manual of Drugs Used in Neonatal Care, the leading guide for dosing neonatal medications in the US, as well as the NeoFax software package and mobile device app. He is currently working on several large pediatric research projects.

“Children deserve more than limited data on medicines that are being used to treat their diseases. Paidion is an organization that will energize the research community to contribute in a meaningful way to the understanding of new therapies for our next generation.”

 Michael Narvey

Dr. Michael Narvey Medical

Dr. Narvey began his training in Pediatrics at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and then went on to complete a year of further training in Neonatology in the same site.  The following two years of Neonatal fellowship were completed at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and afterwards he began his career as a Neonatologist in the same city.  Over the 6 years he spent there, his career included both clinical and administrative duties including four years as the Fellowship Program Director and two years as the Medical Director for a level II unit.  In late 2010 he accepted a position in Winnipeg to become the Section Head of Neonatology and continues to hold this post.  

His interests predominantly lie in the use of non-invasive technology to improve the patient experience with respect to minimizing painful procedures during their stay in the NICU. Additionally he is an active participant in many research projects underway at the University of Manitoba and has published in the field of Neurocritical Care most recently.

Dr. Chavis Patterson

Dr. Chavis Patterson Medical

Dr. Chavis Patterson is a licensed clinical psychologist whose work focuses on stressors that put children, couples, and families at risk for future difficulties. He received his master and doctoral degrees from the American University in Washington D.C. and completed his internship at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. Currently, Dr. Patterson works at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU). As the Director of Psychosocial Services, he is responsible for oversight of the provision of expert psychosocial care to the families as they cope with the complexities associated with having a child in the N/IICU. He functions as an administrative leader, educator and researcher within the N/IICU’s interdisciplinary team.

In addition to his position on the advisory board of Graham’s Foundation, Dr. Patterson is on the board of directors for the Association of Black Psychologists, Delaware Valley Chapter; and Dragonfly Forest, Inc. – an overnight camp for children with life threatening illnesses.

“I’m proud to work with Nick, Jennifer, and Graham’s Foundation in their efforts to support families who have a baby in the NICU, while also remembering their son, Graham. And I am excited to be a part of an organization that focuses on the emotional challenges of having a baby in the NICU.”

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Dr. Edward G. Shepherd, MD Medical

Edward G. Shepherd, MD, is the Section Chief of Neonatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Shepherd’s clinical interests focus on bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and developmental care of the vulnerable infant. Dr. Shepherd serves as Physician co-chair of developmental steering committees at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Riverside Methodist Hospital, units that have a combined capacity of 137 beds. Dr. Shepherd’s clinical interests have lead to his research focus into BPD and developmental care, and he is currently involved in several studies of the diagnosis and progression of BPD as well as the best developmental care for infants so afflicted. Dr. Shepherd regularly presents invited lectures, most recently focusing on the presentation, diagnosis and management of infants with congenital anomalies and the ethics of neonatal care.

Dr. Robert D. White, MD

Dr. Robert D. White, MD Medical

Dr. Robert D. White is a member of Pediatrix Medical Group and a Director of the Regional Newborn Program at Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Indiana. He has had a long-standing interest in the effect of the NICU environment on babies, families, and caregivers leading to several publications on that topic, and is chairman of the Consensus Committee that develops Recommended Standards for Newborn ICU Design. He is also co-chair of the annual Gravens Conference on the Physical and Developmental Environment of the High-Risk Newborn, the International Conference on Brain Monitoring and Neuroprotection in the Newborn, and the annual workshop of the Perinatal Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has appointments at the University of Notre Dame, the Indiana University School of Medicine, and courtesy appointments at the University of Chicago and the University of South Florida.

Dr. White is a member of the Healthcare Guidelines Revision Committee, the American Academy of Pediatrics representative to the AAMI Committee on Incubators, and the US representative to the International Electrotechnical Equipment Working Group for Paediatric Equipment.

Lianne Woodward

Lianne Woodward Medical

Professor Lianne Woodward is a PhD trained Developmental Psychologist with over 25 years research experience working with high-risk and typically developing children. She joined the Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in March 2013 as Director of Research. Taking a life course perspective, her multidisciplinary research is aimed at understanding the developmental processes that place children at risk of adverse cognitive, educational, motor and mental health outcomes. She has a specific interest in the effect of very preterm birth on neonatal brain development and neurodevelopmental outcome.

Her work has been recognized by a number of awards and prizes, including the 2005 Condliffe Memorial Prize for service to humanity, the 2006 HRC Liley Medal for an outstanding contribution to health and medical sciences, and more recently a 2010 James Cook Fellowship award from the Royal Society of New Zealand.